HERITAGE 2016 COLLECTION

By Marie Burgos and Francis Augustine

Interview with Photographer Francis Augustine

Together with his wife, Interior Designer Marie Burgos, the couple has worked from sketch to production to create the Heritage Collection - a unique, modern compilation of home décor items that embrace their Martinique origins. 

White oak & Metal legs coffee tables designed by MarieBurgosDesign. The use of clean contemporary lines and extraordinary custom furnishings make this Tribeca Bachelor Pad extremely inviting.    

White oak & Metal legs coffee tables designed by MarieBurgosDesign. The use of clean contemporary lines and extraordinary custom furnishings make this Tribeca Bachelor Pad extremely inviting.  

 

Throughout the years, we have continuously imagined and created custom-made pieces to serve our clients’ design needs, and it only made sense to bring those products to our full client base and beyond. We are excited to announce the launch of our new home decor product line available for purchase through our website, featuring furniture, lighting and exclusive art pieces,
— Francis Augustine
Console Z table, Walnut and metal legs designed by MarieBurgosDesign . To see the full project: www.marieburgosdesign.com

Console Z table, Walnut and metal legs designed by MarieBurgosDesign . To see the full project: www.marieburgosdesign.com

FURNITURE LINE

 

The Tray is part of your design signature, what are the origins of the tray?  

If you look at the line of the tray, it has a Caribbean origin, sending you back to the West Indies colonial period. In the XIXth century,  when slavery was abolished, the Martiniquan authorities, seeking to replace former slave laborers who had abandoned plantation work once they were provided their liberty, recruited several thousand laborers from the Indian French colonial settlements of Madras, Pondichéry, Chandernagor and Karaikal

This wave of new arrivals brought to the Island a rich, colorful and folkloric variety of custom, cuisine and religion - the classic spicy Colombo dish, the Hindi religion, the Madras fabrics, and the tray, just a few examples of their powerful influence. 

The tray was also used by the Indian Tamil natives for religious celebrations. They arranged the tray with fruits and flowers. However, each inhabitant of the island would use it in its own unique way. Whites used it to serve beverage and juices, African descendants to carry objects, food, and even newborns. In fact, Indians felt offended to see how this very religious items could be desacralized. 

 

Why did you name your collection Heritage?

Your culture is your heritage.

In Martinique, we have a very wide cultural heritage. It transcends from our ancestors and our family in the Caribbean Islands. It is all a part of my personal childhood memories.

 

What is your personal vision of the tray? 

It is a heritage, but I added my personal touch into it. I brought my culture to New York. The same way the Indians brought the tray to Martinique. 

I wanted to adapt the tray to its new destination, giving it a contemporary twist with clean lines so it could fit more easily into New York’s modern lifestyle. 

The “ Diamond table” created and designed by Marie Burgos Design in solid walnut and stainless steel. Check out the full design concept at www.marieburgosdesign.com

The “ Diamond table” created and designed by Marie Burgos Design in solid walnut and stainless steel. Check out the full design concept at www.marieburgosdesign.com